About M.P.SHAH Arts & Science College
On 21st September 1955 the bedrock was laid with the hands of le. General Maharaja Digvijaysinh Jadeja. The college started functioning in 1956. The name Surendranagar was conferred after the independence of India. Before that the area was known as Wadhawan Camp. At that time Halwad, Wankaner, Dhangdhra, Botad, Ranpur etc. were not facilitated with higher education, so the efforts of both the contributors are highly appreciable.
At the time Surendranagar was extended among the boundaries of Juna gate fatak, Sarwoday fatak and Jawahar fatak. The area was known as the British Camp. Even one could see the building of the college clearly from the Gate -Fatak, through the farms and fields which were lying in between. For transportation a private tram service was run between Surendranagar and Wadhwan which soon made road popularly known as ‘college road ‘. The old S.T. bus-stand was on the place where the present Mega Mall is situated. The noble donor Sh. Meghji Pethraj donated for the building and the college was named after him. Later on the government undertook the control and it has become one of the most outstanding government colleges of Gujarat. Since the time of its commencement the college has been providing an ample opportunity for higher education to the students reside in nearby areas. A versatile genius Dr. M. M. Parekh was the first Principal of the college. He was an adroit manager, knowledgeable professor of Chemistry known for his honest, hardworking and humble nature. Becoming a lighthouse he always showed the right path to the generation to come. It is the significant contribution of Dr. M. M. Parekh that the institution has become a second education hub in Saurashtra region after Rajkot..
- To be a leading institute offering equal, democratic and healthy academic opportunities for learning to all
- students of urban and rural areas with an aim to create employable individuals, responsible citizens, ethical
- human beings, creative thinkers, skilful graduates and professionals with a contributive mindset.
- To create an environment where all students irrespective of caste, class, creed, religion, gender can sit together and access the learning opportunities.
- To encourage new ideas by welcoming students’ participation in curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
- To promote teaching-learning that inculcates self-thinking and creativity.
- To address the issues not only of society, nation, and environment, but those of human values and professional ethics also.
- To offer a platform to students where they can discuss, analyse, dissent, interpret and come out with the multiple perspectives on various issues.
- To facilitate students’ academic, functional, verbal, research, and employability skills.
- To fine-tune students’ hard skills as well as soft skills and life skills.